What we're about

This hiking group is for people who like to undertake challenging hikes and climbs in and around the Coachella Valley, as well as all of Southern California and the Sierras. We hike Mt. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Baldy and Mt. Shasta, just to name a few. Our hikes range from approximately 10-20 miles and may gain at least 2000 feet to over 10,000 feet of elevation. Our hikes are moderate to very strenuous. Some of our hikes include Skyline, Cactus to Clouds, Vivian Creek, South Fork and routes on Baldy. We also do a good bit of mountaineering and go to the summits of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Mt. Baldy and Mt. Shasta in the snow or ice using crampons, ice axes and full on winter gear. In addition, there are many desert hikes that we do in the winter, such as Jo Pond and the Guadalupe to Sugarloaf, as well as Painted Canyon in Mecca and many trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Our hikes typically last at least 6-15 hours and require preparation and care. Join this group if you love the outdoors, adventure, challenging hikes or climbs, intense workouts in nature, unpredictable weather and wonderful camaraderie with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. We also welcome hike organizers, so if you are interested in leading your favorite hikes, we would love to have you join our leadership team.

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Swaney Loop Trail ~ Death Valley!

Death Valley

Distance: 15 +- miles E.G. : 3,000' +- Class 3 with some assistance. This is an original route, a rare loop hike in Death Valley. After the original hike a few years ago, I named it the Swaney Loop Trail, likely the prettiest hike in Death Valley. Here is a link to the maiden hike: https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Coachella-Valley/events/235667734/ I have been privileged to be able to hike some amazing places in Death Valley, Utah, Arizona, Mexico or Sierra thanks to my buddy/mentor Scott Swaney whose outdoors adventures were recently futured in a documentary film. Scott has taken me some incredible places in Death Valley. Places where no one else has been, other than the few that he has taken along. We went to many of those places for first descent canyoneering exploration trips. Scott explored and created many good canyoneering routes, but there are only a very few good hiking trails in Death Valley. So, I created this route (with Scott's help that is why I named it after him. This hike involves some of those canyons that could be hiked by any good hiker with some scrambling adventure, and without all the gears required for canyoneering. The hike will be on Saturday. On the second day, we will likely visit the sand dunes and special areas of Death Valley. Or, depending on what majority wants we can even throw in another hike or do some canyoneering. We will likely camp at Stovepipe Camp Grounds. MY WAIVER: Please do not sign up if the following is not acceptable. Any outdoor activity can be challenging, fun, or a painful experience, often depending whom you are with, even deadly and more painful depending on you, your abilities, circumstances, lack of judgment and sometimes just bad luck. Accidents happen. Any outdoor activity involves risk of injury or even death. Please do not sign up; if you are not comfortable with what you are doing, unwilling to take that risk, or if you think you don’t have the needed skills for the event. You are not participating to an event organized by trained outdoors people or medical professionals. No one is trained or paid to watch after your safety. You will be agreeing to take responsibility for yourself, your actions and not to hold organizer/group leader, participants, cooks, carpoolers or anyone liable but yourself by signing and/or showing up for this event. Please remember that if you are not capable to this event or you don’t know your limits and still sign up, you may not only put yourself in danger but also all the other participants who are going with you. You further agree to pay for any medical or legal cost involved in the case of an injury to yourself and request your heirs to respect your agreed waiver in case of an injury or even death due to any reason, by signing up for this event. Please also note that I may exclude or include anyone at my discretion.

⛄️❄️⛄️Tramshoe to the summit via Sid Davis ⛄️❄️⛄️

Details Another 12"+ of new snow has fallen on San Jacinto with more coming should be great snow conditions. Snowshoe to the peak via Sid Davis trail. Might be enough snow to go straight up!!! Approximately 8-9 miles strenuous bring snowshoes poles with snow baskets, micros/crampons waterproof boots, gaiters, layers. hats, jackets, gloves etc. You can rent snowshoes at Nomad adventures or REI Should be great snow!! We will meet at the tram lobby 8:00 am and take the second or third car up. I have a 15% off roundtrip discount card posted in the photos below download it to your smart phone. Bring a drink cooler and snacks to store in the lockers. If you've never snowshoed before it's easy but a good workout bring 3 liters water food electrolytes. Yaahoo fun. This is an all day event!!! If you have plans later best not to sign up. I have a 15% off round trip discount card posted in the photos below download it to your smart phone. Bring a drink cooler and snacks to store in the lockers. If you've never snowshoed before it's easy but a good workout bring 3 liters water food electrolytes. Yaahoo fun. This is an all day event!!! If you have plans later best not to sign up. WAIVER OF LIABILITY/DISCLAIMER: THESE ASSISTANT ORGANIZERS ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL HIKERS AND MAY NOT BE TRAINED TO HANDLE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY YOU AGREE TO NOT HOLD MEETUP OR ANY ASSISTANT ORGANIZER OR MEMBER LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF THIS EVENT. PLEASE CARRY YOUR OWN PERSONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL KIT AND ALL MEDICATIONS YOU MAY NEED WHEN HIKING. HIKING IS AN INHERENTLY DANGEROUS ACTIVITY THAT CAN CAUSE INJURIES FROM SLIPS/FALLS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FRACTURES, SPRAINS, HEAD INJURIES, LACERATIONS AND SNAKEBITES, HEAT STROKE, HEAT EXHAUSTION FROSTBITE. ALWAYS LET THE HIKE LEADERS KNOW IF YOU ARE LEAVING THE GROUP, STAY ON THE TRAIL, NEVER HIKE ALONE, AND BY ALL MEANS, USE YOUR OWN COMMON SENSE WHEN HIKING.

The Grand Canyon, In the Winter. Rim 2 River. ( Day Hike )

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE WRITE-UP. This will be a Winter trek down to the river, via South Kabab trail and ascend via Bright Angel trail. This is a must, for those of you, who enjoy beautiful scenery, coupled with a great work out. Approx 18 miles, and 5,000 ft elev. loss/gain. This isn’t an easy trek. But, well worth it. And of course it’s the Grand Canyon. One of the, Seven Wonders of the World. This is known as the, Rim 2 River trek. We will not be doing, R2R or R2R2R, please don’t ask. Remember, this is winter , so have winter layers, jackets gloves. Also, micro spikes and trekking poles, will be Mandatory. We will meet at South Kaibab TH sign, Sunday at 0630, then descend South Kaibab to the river. You must park your car, in the Grand Canyon Info center parking lot, “ 1-3” from here we take the, Hikers Express shuttle. ( 0630 ), that will take us to the TH. The Hikers Express shuttle starts at 0600, in April. The first mile or so is steep, so micros or crampons, are a necessity . We will not be moving fast, but, we do keep a steady pace. We stay together for the camaraderie and safety. If your faster, that’s ok, I won’t keep up. Conversely, if your much slower, you will be on your own or you can turn back. You need to be comfortable hiking on your own. We will also encounter snow and or ice, you need to be comfortable hiking in steep icy conditions. This trek is spectacular, beyond comprehension. Bring plenty of rolls of film,lol. Your 10 essentials are Always required, with that a working headlamp, traction for you shoes, micros or crampons, trekking poles, Bring at least 3-4 liters of water, electrolytes. there will be water refill stations along the way. Enough energy snacks, And real food. We will have lunch, before we start the ascent of Bright Angel. After completion of Bright Angel, we take the Free shuttle back to our cars. Just for reference. I did this trek in November of last year, and it took me 9 1/2 hours, and I was stopping a lot for pictures and lunch Since this is a winter trek, I’ll be closing it off to regular signups. If your comfortable hiking in cold, snowy, Icy conditions, sigh up and answer the questions that pop up on the RSVP. If I’m comfortable in your abilities, I’ll add you. For those of you, who enjoy camping, Mather campgrounds, offers all the amenities, fire pits, showers, restrooms, market within walking distance. And of course, the shuttles. If your not the camper type, there are a myriad of hotels in the area. Where you camp/lodge is totally up to you. No dogs. No plus 1s. No guest. Directions. Take the 15 N, to the 40 E, once you reach Williams, Az, take the 64 N to, The Grand Canyon ********** WAIVER ********** All outdoor activities of this nature are beautiful. However, incidents do happen. Injuries and death can and do occur. I’m not a professional guide, I’m just a fellow trekker inviting you along. You are responsible for for your own safety. This includes, traveling to and from this event. If your uncomfortable with this waiver, do not sign up.

Presentation - “The San Gabriel Mountains: Can They Survive the Next 100 Years?”

WHAT: “The San Gabriel Mountains: Can They Survive the Next 100 Years?” WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019 WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena In 1877, Sierra Club founder John Muir said that the rugged San Gabriel Mountains were “full of hidden beauty.” But over the last century much has changed. Today almost four million people visit the steep and awe-inspiring San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the Angeles National Forest each year, and millions now live in its foothills and canyons. Can this high ground—Los Angeles’ massive backyard—survive the explosion of recreation, the crippling lack of resources, and the accelerating and intersecting challenges of climate change, drought, wildfire, and urbanization? Join us as Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College, probes the history of the San Gabriels and then paints a vivid picture of what the next hundred years might be like. How can we better manage our impact on the mountains? Can the San Gabriels be made more relevant and inviting to Southern California’s ever-more-diverse population? What forms of wildlife will still call the San Gabriels home? Will the “hidden beauty” continue to charm late-21st Century Angelenos? Char Miller is the author of “Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream” (2016), “America’s Great National Forests, Wildernesses, and Grasslands” (2016); and “Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy” (2012). He is editor of Where There’s Smoke: The Environmental Science, Public Policy and Politics of Marijuana (2018), co-author of Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land (2018), and is a frequent contributor of essays and commentary to national magazines, newspapers and online media. A social reception at 7 p.m. precedes the 7:30 program sponsored by the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter’s Forest Committee. The program is free and the public is welcome. For information, email Don Bremner at [masked] or John Monsen at [masked]. Directions to Eaton Canyon: From the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, take the Altadena Drive exit (if westbound on the 210, take the Sierra Madre off-ramp, and at the bottomr go west another few blocks to Altadena Drive), drive north toward the mountains about a mile, and 500 feet after crossing New York Drive, turn right into Eaton Canyon Park. The Nature Center is on the left from the parking area.

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